Sunday, 15 November 2009

How to Get Rid of Ringworms (Using Herbs)

Day 131: Not RingwormImage by Sarah Mae via Flickr

Ringworm is a common fungal infection that is highly contagious and can spread quickly. If your child gets it, alert his friends' parents to prevent an epidemic. Treatment can take weeks.

Ringworm is a fungal infection. It is contagious and appears on the skin with spots around the edges, red rings and scaling. It is easy to get ringworm, but how to get rid of ringworm is the hardest to do. It is difficult to get rid of ringworm because you will notice its presence when they are already about five days in your system.

Getting rid of ringworm isn't a difficult task at all. It's the itchiness and the pain of a ringworm infection that's difficult to deal with. Ringworm, in fact, has nothing to do with worms at all. If anything, ringworm is more closely related to athlete's foot and jock itch, because it's a type of fungal infection called "Tinea," which is why I've decided to file this article under personal hygiene, along with Athlete's Foot.

Apparently, ringworm is a Dermatophyte. These buggers are part of a several different fungus organisms that affect different parts of the body: skin, body, foot (athlete's foot) and nails. Most of these fungi live in humans and animals except the ringworm of the nails; that only lives in humans. Infection spreads through direct skin to skin contact or indirect contact by the things they touch, such as toys, towels, brushes, combs, bed linens, telephones and shower stalls.

Coriander freshImage via Wikipedia

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

The juice of the coriander leaves mixed with some turmeric is generally given to a patient who suffers from ringworm. It is also helpful if the skin becomes excessively dry and develops ringworm, especially in the winter months.

Taking care of your skin starts with cleaning in the area that you suspect ringworm is about to erupt. Use as soap, such as Selsun Blue (shampoo for dandruff) to clean the ringworm. This helps reduce the spread of the fungus. You don’t want it to spread.

When fungus affects the skin of the body or the groin, many antifungal creams can clear the condition in two weeks or so. Examples of such preparations include those that contain clotrimazole (Cruex cream, Desenex cream, Lotrimin cream, lotion, and solution), miconazole (Monistat-Derm cream), ketoconazole (Nizoral cream); and terbinafine (Lamisil cream and solution). These treatments are effective for many cases of foot fungus as well.

Basil leaves (Ocimum basilicum).Image via Wikipedia

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

The juice of the holy basil leaves are applied locally on the affected regions. The ringworm subsides after continuous application for a few days.

Keep cool, dry, and clean to avoid a ringworm infection. Yes, because it's a fungal infection, ringworm can be avoided by staying clean and dry. Don't wear heavy clothing that doesn't breathe well for very long, and whatever you do, don't forget to wear flip-flops in the shower if you live in a dormatory. Ringworm thrives in warm, humid places, so it's best to avoid them or at least protect yourself if you can't avoid them. Oh, and wash your hands!


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